Isn’t “The Nation Of Immigrants” A Bit Offensive?

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We are now currently two months (or thereabouts) into the Trump administration. As you have probably noticed, the putsches and death squads and concentration camps and secret police that President Trump was supposed to enact have not really come around yet. And nor will they ever—for all of the “Literally Hitler” talk, bear in mind that Hitler’s goals were explicitly enumerated in Mein Kampf (in all of its 800+ page denseness), whereas Trump has never expressed any desire to be a fascist dictator (And you’d think he would have done so in the four New York Times Bestselling Books he’s written).

Regardless of Trump failing to be Literally Hitler, the Left continues to howl about how “racist” and “xenophobic” the man allegedly is, saying that any control over America’s borders is “not who we are as a country”—with the implication there being that, of course, America is a “nation of immigrants”/”proposition nation”, and thus the very idea of even temporarily halting immigration from any nation on is a vast affront to our founding credo!

Ignoring the fact that the Framers of the Constitution certainly didn’t believe in this “fundamental” American creed, and ignoring the fact that Emma Lazarus’ poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty is often incorrectly cited as some sort of integral part of the US Government (what Steve Sailer mockingly refers to as the “Zeroeth Amendment“), there’s something I’ve noticed about this “nation of immigrants” rhetoric…

Isn’t it kind of offensive to American citizens born in the United States?

Granted, a lot of the pro-open borders rhetoric is rather derogatory towards white Americans: the “You have no right to defend your borders because of the Indians” schtick implies that America being built by one group of people conquering another group of people makes it illegitimate (fun fact: a short list of countries built by conquest, named off the top of my head includes: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, every single Latin American country—as much as they try to deny it and claim purely Indian ancestry—Hungary, Finland, Scandinavia, Russia, India, Japan, China, Iceland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Greece, the majority of the Muslim world and about half of sub-Saharan Africa), and the “Mexicans were here first” is a blatant falsehood that, judging from those who perpetuate it, is nothing more than a deliberate affront.

No, the “nation of immigrants” thing sounds like the loftiest of ideals, but a moment’s thought about it realizes how insidious it actually is:

Namely, think about that statement in the context of an Aristotlean “future fact” statement, which you probably remember from elementary school as an “if-then” statement:

If America “needs” immigrants so desperately…then doesn’t that imply that the American-born citizens are incompetent dullards that need outsiders to do stuff for them? Imagine the uproar if ANY other nation was spoken about with such a barely-veiled insult. This is insulting, AND a complete inverse of the truth, as a glance at statistics will show—ie: the fact that illegal immigrants cost more money than they generate, and the fact that remittances from the United States are almost 5% of Mexico’s annual GDP: if anything, they need us!

There is another layer to this insulting rhetoric: We’re constantly told that America needs a constant influx of new immigrants to keep the nation vigorous and strong. And here lies that implicit insult: since immigrants are constantly needed, doesn’t that also imply that either the culture of America, or somehow the very soil itself somehow makes people into those aforementioned incompetent dullards, and thus assimilation is inherently bad?

The idea that moving to America automatically makes people stupid is offensive to both immigrants who might want to assimilate to American culture, and the native-born, and especially those first and second generation kids born to one or two immigrant parents. And that includes yours truly.

Rather than go into detail debunking all of these claims of revanchism and a desperate need for immigrants (mainly because I already have), I just want the reader to realize:  In 2017, an age of all-encompassing political correctness…it is socially acceptable, if not ENCOURAGED, to say that a certain country’s culture and people are inherently stupid and worthless. In addition to that, it’s also encouraged to say that any newcomers to said country will be drawn into an “unmistakable cone of ignorance” within one generation. Thus necessitating a continuous flow of new people.

Either the world has gone insane, or I have.

Larsen Halleck is best known as the fitness and nutrition writer for Return of Kings, but also writes at his own website The Barbaric Gentleman, and also makes Youtube videos You can follow him at his aforementioned website and Youtube channels, as well as on Twitter, and on Gab